Just put in a mammoth effort at the gym and need to reward your newly toned muscles or you just aren’t getting enough protein in your diet? There’s no better way to refuel and repair than with the new Protein Shot! Convenient gym bag sized bottle, packed with 14.5g whey protein, lower than a bench press in fat, naturally sweetened with stevia (our top secret formulation!!) and less than 65 calories, your waist will smile with appreciation of all your efforts. Just add water or milk, shake to your favourite tune on your ipod and voila... your protein is served!
Three wickedly tasty flavours to choose from: Honeycomb, Heavenly Chocolate and Creamy Berries.
Why is protein an important part of your diet?
Protein / "Proteios" – from the Greek word meaning "of prime/first importance".
We're working longer, playing less but somewhere we manage to fit in exercise. Exercise is fuel for the mind, as well as for the body but what exactly is the building block of the human body? Protein! 20 amino acids make up protein and each of them has a specific task to be carried out in the body, yet only 11 are manufactured by the body (non-essential amino acids), the other 9 (essential amino acids) must be obtained by outside food sources.
Beans, nuts, lean meat, eggs, soybeans, legumes and dairy food are all excellent sources of protein and eating a wide variety of foods that include some of these will not only benefit your waistline but also provide you with your protein intake.
The benefits of protein are plentiful – it’s no wonder it’s a healthy person’s best friend.
Boosts energy levels before training and aids in the recovery after intense training and workouts;
Provides energy both immediately and long term;
Assists in maintaining lean body mass;
Reduces soreness in muscles and repairs muscles and tissues;
Can assist in stabilising blood sugar levels;
Provides a feeling of satiety (feeling full) which means you will eat less;
Keeps your immune and nervous systems functioning properly; and
Transports bodily fluids.
The purest form of protein available, whey, is sometimes referred to as the "golden" protein. It is unequalled as a source of essential amino acids and actually contains all of the 20 amino acids, therefore it is what is termed ‘naturally complete’. Whey is metabolised directly into the body tissue and is the first protein called upon to repair and refuel when stocks are low. This can be from illness, lethargy or more commonly from extended periods of exercise and exertion. Being a fast protein, it is absorbed easily and effectively, providing immediate nourishment where it’s needed most. Whey protein contains the amino acid leucine, which promotes lean body tissue and muscle repair. It is one of the essential amino acids which means it must be supplied through dietary sources. It is often the leading ingredient in protein powder supplements given its bioavailability and absorption to the body and the unsurpassed health benefits to athletes and the weight conscious.
Acai berry has been described as a "super food" and deservedly so. Originating from the Amazon forest, the acai berry contains very high levels of antioxidants, an array of vitamins (B1, B2, B3, C, E) and minerals (calcium, potassium) and the goodness of omega fats.
Also rich in antioxidants is green tea extract. A staple of Chinese and Indian diets for many years, the health benefits include improving cardiovascular circulation, increasing metabolism and reducing LDL ("bad" cholesterol).
Stevia is the wonder sweetener that originated in South America hundreds of years ago. It is a completely natural sweetener derived from the stevia rebaudiana plant and is 300 times stronger than sugar. Containing zero calories, stevia does not adversely affect blood sugar levels and can be enjoyed by diabetics as a sugar and artificial sweetener alternative.